I haven’t been reporting on stem cell research lately, but there has continued to be a flurry of advances in the field. None of them, however, involve embryonic stem cell research. All of them involve adult stem cells, cord blood stem cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells (adult cells reprogrammed back to an embryonic state).
The latest advance was announced earlier this month. Scientists extracted stem cells from a two year old girl’s bone marrow and created a new windpipe with it in less than a week. Growing one organ from the cells of another body part is truly astonishing work!
Here are some other recent medical advances in non-embryonic stem cell research that I have not reported on: